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Meeting the Highly QualifiedTeachers Challenge
The Secretary’s Second Annual Report on Teacher Quality
U.S. Department of EducationOffice of Postsecondary Education2003
This report was produced under U.S. Department of Education Contract No. ED-00-CO-0016 with Westat. Philip Schulz served as the contracting officer’s representative.
U.S. Department of Education
Rod Paige
Office of Postsecondary Education
Sally L. Stroup
 Assistant Secretary
Office of Policy Planning and Innovation
 Jeffrey R. Andrade
 Deputy Assistant Secretary
 June 2003This report is in the public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part isgranted. While permission to reprint this publication is not necessary, the citation shouldbe: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Policy Planning and Innovation,
 Meeting the Highly Qualified Teachers Challenge: The Secretary’s Second Annual Report on Teacher Quality
,Washington, D.C., 2003
To order copies of this report, write:
ED PubsEditorial Publications CenterU. S. Department of EducationP.O. Box 1398 Jessup, MD 20794-1398; Or via electronic mail, send your request to:
. 
You may also call toll-free: 1-877-433-7827 (1-877-4-ED-PUBS). If 877 service is not yet available in your area, call 1-800-872-5327 (1-800-USA-LEARN). Those who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a teletypewriter (TTY), should call 1-800-437-0833.
To order online, point your Internet browser to: www.ed.gov/about/ordering.jsp.This report is also available on the Department’s web site at:http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/News/teacherprep/index.htmlOn request, this publication is available in alternative formats, such as Braille, large print,audiotape, or computer diskette. For more information, please contact the Department’s Alternate Format Center (202) 205-8113.
 Just over a year ago, our nation embraced a historic challenge: to ensure that nochild is left behind. I am pleased to report that America is keeping its commitment. As President Bush said, in celebrating the first anniversary of the
 No Child Left Behind Act 
(NCLB), “We can say that the work of reform is well begun.”I applaud the unprecedented bipartisan cooperation and dedication of state officials,administrators, and teachers across the country now working hard to strengthen theiraccountability systems, identify research-based strategies for improving studentachievement, and offering new choices to parents whose children attend schools inneed of improvement. The president’s budget is supporting these efforts by providinga historic level of funding for elementary and secondary education.One of the most important provisions of the
 No Child Left Behind Act 
is a requirement that, by the end of school year 2005-2006, all teachers of core academic subjectsmust be “highly qualified.” This nation has many great teachers, but not nearly enough. To meet this challenge, all of us in the education system must do things differently. We must be innovative—not just in theory, but in practice. This is especially true for states, which now have the key responsibility of implementing NCLB. As discussed in last year’s report, when it comes to recruiting and preparing future teachers,the two key principles are:- raising academic standards for teachers and- lowering barriers that are keeping many talented people outof the teaching profession.This publication provides a progress report on how the states are doing at puttingthese two principles into action. It also builds on last year’s recommendations—andthe excellent work taking place around the nation—to suggest specific, innovativereforms that show promise in boosting teacher quality and meeting the requirementsof NCLB. A special focus is placed on efforts to improve teacher preparation programs,which play an essential role in preparing many of the nation’s teachers.This report and the information provided on an accompanying Web site(www.title2.org)meet the requirements of Title II of the
 Higher Education Act 
, whichcreated a national reporting system on the quality of teacher preparation. It provides a wealth of useful information on teacher quality in the United States. I hope it alsoserves as a helpful guide as states, school districts, institutions of higher educationand others continue their work on reaching our common goal: a highly qualifiedteacher in every classroom, leaving no child behind.Rod Paige

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